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Is Professional Water Cleaning Necessary for Your Clifton Park Hotel?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

water damage in property Substantial water damages can occur without warning, so our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team is ready to help when you need it.

After years of use, elements like the connection of your toilet supply to the tank can become damaged in your Clifton Park hotel units.

While you always work to provide the best for the guests staying in your Clifton Park hotel, you also must balance unnecessary expenditures with preventative measures. In some situations, the need for preventative care goes unnoticed, leaving rooms vulnerable to damages like clean water flooding from broken supply lines to the bathroom toilet. Until the situation gets noticed by a guest or hotel staff, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water could pour onto the floor.

Water cleanup for Clifton Park businesses like yours is vital because several steps are necessary to return individual units in your accommodation back to preloss condition. One of the priorities in this situation is resolving the water concerns by repairing the damaged fixture and stopping clean water flow onto the bathroom floor. To remove standing water and begin drying up the damage, several steps must start immediately:

    •    Extraction – Water removal in commercial settings must be a priority to prevent neighboring rooms from also becoming damaged by the spread of the water. This can happen through wall systems and flooring outside of the bathroom. High-pressure pumps and wet vacuums are ideal for upper floor extractions.
    •    Surface Water – Submersible pumps are only ideal for removing a certain amount of water, and the rest must get removed with vacuums and squeegee wands.
    •    Water Inspection – Thermal imagery and hygrometers can show if underlying materials have become damaged by standing water to direct drying.
    •    Drying – Air movers and dehumidifiers are the centerpieces of efficient drying, even in tiled hotel bathrooms.

Do Certain Materials Require Removal?
Depending on the exposure levels and the time that materials stay saturated, controlled demolition might be inevitable. These evaluations occur by our professionals during job scoping.

Substantial water damages can occur without warning, so our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team is ready to help when you need it. Give us a call at (518) 885-2620.

Reducing Hazards and Extracting Excess Water in Your Clifton Park Home

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Lifebuoy floating on kitchen For assistance with flood damage anywhere on your property, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620.

How Do I Handle a Flooded Garage in Clifton Park? SERVPRO Removes Floodwater and Mitigates Secondary Damage

Dealing with a storm-induced flood in your Clifton Park property is overwhelming and frustrating. Seeing your belongings and valuable items impacted can leave homeowners unsure of what to do first. Our professional restoration team can help you take one step at a time to restore your home to preloss status. During or shortly after the storm, as long as your garage is safe, you should remove visible hazards and valuables such as tools from the garage floor. When picking up loose extension cords or moving appliances, check that the power is not on since water acts as a conductor.

Now That I Have Removed Hazards, How Do I Remove the Water?
SERVPRO Uses Professional Equipment to Remove Excess Water from Your Home
Flood damage restoration in Clifton Park typically begins with removing excess water. If water is more than 2 inches deep, our technicians may choose to use a submersible or trash pump, depending on the amount of solid matter in the floodwater. After removing as much excess water as possible with extraction equipment, technicians squeegee out the remaining water. It is important to note that floodwater is black water (category 3), so technicians wear PPE (personal protective equipment) to eliminate contamination.

Why Do I Need a Dehumidifier and Air Scrubber in the Garage?
    •    Dehumidifiers work in conjunction with air movers, speeding up the drying process by exhausting warm, dry air. Without one component, the other is much less effective.
    •    It is essential to restore the RH (relative humidity) levels, too much moisture can cause mold growth and rusting of your belongings in the garage.
    •    Air Scrubbers use HEPA filters, removing unwanted contaminants from the air.

For assistance with flood damage anywhere on your property, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Why Does SERVPRO Use Abrasive Blasting to Remediate Mold Damage?

9/5/2020 (Permalink)

 mold growing on walls and ceiling Don't try to handle mold removal on your own. Call in the professionals at SERVPRO!

Clifton Park Homeowners Are Looking for State of The Art Mold Damage Treatments

Residents of Clifton Park are proud of their homes and keen to look after them properly. Local homeowners know that only the best will do when they need to hire someone for home upkeep. They are looking for contractors who are well-trained and who know what they are doing.

One home maintenance job that needs a professional touch is dealing with mold damage in Clifton. You might consider taking care of the mold by yourself, but we do not recommend that.

Why should I not deal with mold by myself?

SERVPRO understands the temptation to handle fungal growth yourself. Calling a professional remediation company seems like an added household expense and a bit of a hassle. However, many popular home remedies for mold are not sufficient and might even make the problem worse.

For example, scraping the mold away with a credit card or car scraper can damage delicate surfaces. Wiping the fungus with bleach might look adequate, but the bleach can penetrate the surface and add more moisture, thus encouraging further fungal growth.

Tackling mold yourself does more harm than good. That is why SERVPRO of Saratoga County recommends calling us as soon as you notice mold in your house. No home treatment can tackle the mold's underlying cause – our teams can measure moisture levels and dry your home for more effective remediation.

What should I consider when searching for a mold remediation company?

Choosing a mold removal company in Clifton Park is an important step. After all, you will give them access to your property, so you want to know you can trust them to treat it well. SERVPRO recommends you look for:

  • Swift response times and round the clock availability – we are available 24 hours a day.
  • Well-trained staff – we put all our technicians through rigorous training.
  • Focus on results – our main aim is to leave your home "Like it never even happened."
  • A staff that knows a range of techniques – our teams use the latest industry-standard methods, including abrasive blasting

Our teams treat your home as carefully as we would treat our own.

What is abrasive blasting? 

Abrasive blasting involves shooting a high-pressure stream of media at a mold-encrusted surface to scrape away the mold. Blasting machines use an air compressor to propel the media.

There are many applications for abrasive blasting (also known as sandblasting.) It can be used to clean and scrub away all kinds of dirt and grime. There are also many different blast media available, including steel shot, glass beads, and even walnut shells and corn. The two most common media for mold remediation are dry ice and baking soda.

Because of the speed and pressure, abrasive blasting scours mold from non-porous surfaces such as wood or metal.

SERVPRO uses abrasive blasting because:

  • It is a highly effective way to remove mold from surfaces.
  • It is much more labor efficient than hand scrubbing.
  • We can choose between media types to get the best one for the current job.

How does SERVPRO choose which kind of media to use?

The type of media depends on the surface that needs cleaning. We use baking soda where possible. Baking soda crystals are soft enough to cause minimal damage to underlying surfaces, while still being productive. Baking soda is also non-toxic (it's the same thing you add while baking, although the blasting particles are bigger). It also performs as a natural deodorizer and is easy to clean up afterward.

In some cases, we use dry ice for abrasive blasting. Dry ice blasting propels solid carbon dioxide crystals at the surface. Dry ice needs to be handled carefully – we equip our SERVPRO teams with the necessary protective equipment. Dry ice blasting is more abrasive than baking soda blasting, which means it is not suited to more delicate surfaces. However, it is sometimes the best choice for raw wood surfaces such as attic beams or crawl spaces.

What happens after abrasive blasting?

When our team is finished blasting, it is time for cleanup. We wipe away media residues, and we also use air scrubbers to suck up any media particles floating in the air. Air scrubbers also catch loose mold spores and remove them from the air.

We also utilize dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the area if necessary. Drying creates an environment that is less appealing for mold spores and helps prevent regrowth. Our managers will follow up with you a week later to make sure you are happy with the mold removal and answer any questions.

If you need a mold removal team with excellent customer service, call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620.

What Should I Do If My Walls in My Office Get Burnt After My Furnace Malfunctions?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Fire damage in your office? SERVPRO can make it "Like it never even happened."

For Commercial Fire Damage Mitigation After a Fire Starts Inside Your Business' Office in Clifton Park Call SERVPRO.

Any appliance inside your Clifton Park office that contains a heat source could break down and become the source of a structural blaze. Once flames start, they can start consuming your contents and structural components, making up your office as fuel until they get extinguished.

What happens if my drywall gets burnt?

During commercial fire damage mitigation in Clifton Park, our SERVPRO technicians inspect your entire office for possible issues. Smoke created during a structural blaze can travel throughout your building to rooms far away from the source. If sections of your office's drywall got severely charred, then we can remove and replace parts of it. Since most offices are constructed with metal framing, the studs can withstand heat, but they could still get affected by soot residues and become a source for foul odors.

How can you remove soot residues from my office's metal studs and framing?

Remove Sections of Drywall to Inspect Framing: We can remove all burnt sections of drywall and other parts of it to see if there is a presence of soot residues inside your walls.

Clean and Remove Soot Residues: Before using any products to clean your metal framing, we can remove the excess soot by using dry cleaning methods such as feather dusting, wiping with a rag, or vacuuming with a vacuum equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Next, we can then use a general surface and wall cleaner product and a rag to wipe off your affected metal framework.

Seal Affected Framework: After we clean all of the metal framings that make up your office's wall, we can then apply a specialized sealant paint to the affected areas. The sealant traps in and neutralizes any particles that could still be causing foul aromas to exist inside your office.

If an appliance ever fails and starts a fire inside your office, call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 24/7.

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Can My Home Be Made Livable Again After a Flood?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

"Flood zone" We understand the need for rapid response to minimize the loss of your property after a flood occurs. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

Bring in SERVPRO to Remove Flood Damage to Your Clifton Park Home.

Why is Damage from a Storm More Harmful Than Other Types of Flooding?

With a storm, flood damage in Clifton Park homes contains many contaminants in the water. To mitigate this additional threat, SERVPRO restoration teams engage in a set of emergency services, each one necessary to return the home to a safe, livable condition once more.  

What Emergency Services Are Needed For My Home?

  • Protect Residents and Employees – Because a storm can bring in a huge amount of contaminants with the floodwater, we define most of these incidents as a Significant Contamination Project. Everyone not on our response must stay out of the home until our technicians can remove the water and the majority of the contaminants in the home. 
  • Establish Engineering Controls – Restoration team members set up containment measures to keep the damage isolated when it does not affect the entire home, i.e., sealing off entryways and kitchens with plastic sheeting to prevent water and contaminants from reaching the bedrooms at the other end of the home. 
  • Remove Water and Bulk contaminants – Technicians draw out water using submersible pumps and smaller extractors for shallow water and deliver it directly into the nearest sewer access point or a holding tank for delivery to a water treatment facility. Technicians next remove soil and other debris using shovels and rakes.
  • Demolish and Remove Damaged Property – If the water remained standing too long, drywall, floor trim, and other structural materials could not be restored. Team members break down each item for easier disposal without spreading the contaminants through the home. 

Are Those All of the Steps Needed to Restore My Home?

It depends, if the storm significantly raises the humidity level, SERVPRO technicians bring in dehumidifiers to lower it to a comfortable level. As they bring down the humidity, other team members begin the process of cleaning the residence. 

To set up a service visit here or in Halfmoon, call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 today. 

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What Is The Best Way To Respond To A Water Damage Incident In Clifton Park?

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

water damage brown sofa Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 to help manage the incident at your property, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Deals with Any Level of Water Damage that Develops in Clifton Park Properties Giving You Peace of Mind

Severe damages can develop in your Clifton Park property after a sudden water release leaves it soaked. The severity of the loss can depend on how far the water spreads within the property since widespread distribution exposes a broader range of materials. Alternatively, the outcome may depend on how you respond to the incident.

How fast does water damage develop in a property?

Your response to a water damage incident in Clifton Park matters because water can ruin materials immediately or gradually, depending on the prevailing circumstances. In some cases, the physical properties of materials lead to immediate destruction after exposure to water. For instance, because of short circuits, most electronics might not withstand exposure to water. In other cases, the combined characteristics of different materials lead to fast damage after contact with water. For example, severe staining can affect carpets because of dyes running from adjacent items such as clothing, draperies, or other colored content.

Although it may not be the case always, the damages that develop quickly after the water spill have simpler remedies compared to those that take time. For instance, water soaks into materials almost instantly, but you can deal with wetness through various drying procedures. Soiling is also relatively easy to address through cleaning.

Severe problems such as warping, cracking and buckling in wood or deterioration of drywall are harder to address and, in many cases, require teardown and replacement of the affected materials. Preventing such problems from developing in the first place is a better solution compared to resolving damage once it develops. Our SERVPRO technicians help prevent adverse outcomes by:
    •    Expediting water extraction thus limiting exposure
    •    Clearing the loss area to avoid damage due to contact
    •    Kickstarting moisture management processes early

What counts as timely moisture management?

To most people, water remediation is a systematic process starting with basic steps such as extraction, then cleaning, before drying moisture from the property. Our SERVPRO technicians incorporate drying procedures even in the early stages of remediation to prevent adverse outcomes.  For instance, we understand that humidity levels in the house rise when standing water, or the moisture in wet materials, evaporates. If the relative humidity level exceeds 60%, various problems can develop, including:
    •    Hygroscopic materials absorbing moisture from the air
    •    Condensation on walls and other elevated surfaces
    •    Bacteria and fungi can take root

One helpful moisture management step that our technicians use is running a dehumidifier inside the property immediately after arrival at the property. The dehumidifier keeps the humidity levels within safe limits as we perform other restoration steps, thus preventing severe secondary damages.

How long can drying water from my home take?

Although the water soaks into various materials within the home in a matter of minutes, removal can take significantly longer. For instance, highly porous materials like carpets can take a day or two to dry while baseboards and cabinets can take up to 5 days.

Although actions by SERVPRO technicians can help cut down the time involved, you still have to wait sometime before your property regains its preloss state. Some of the ways that help our crew fast track the process include:
    •    Maximizing water extraction
    •    Balancing the ratio of drying equipment
    •    Using specialized drying equipment

Once water is discharged into a property, removal takes two main approaches – liquid extraction and evaporation. Since extraction is 1200 times faster than evaporation, our technicians capitalize on that by using equipment with sufficient lift capacity. For instance, the portable extractors we use have a vacuum water lift of over 140 inches, and for the truck-mounted pumps, it ranges between 185 to 200 inches.

How does the ratio of equipment affect the restoration process?

Drying, which is the final stage of moisture management in water-damaged properties, requires two types of equipment – air movers for evaporation and dehumidifiers to extract moisture from the air. An air-moving unit is necessary for every 10 to 16 linear feet along the edges of rooms, or one for every 50 to 60 square feet when drying carpets in place. Our technicians help calculate the type and number of dehumidifiers you might need within the property based on the estimated pints of water that need removal. Balancing the ratio of the two categories of drying equipment helps quicken the drying process and eliminates chances of condensation or other forms of moisture transfer.

Managing the restoration of water damaged properties in Halfmoon, Wilton, and Malta requires a delicate balancing of several factors. Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 to help manage the incident at your property, “Like it never even happened.”

Who to Call to Cleanup the Fire Damage in My Clifton Park Office Building?

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property If your property needs fire damage remediation, do not wait to get help.

SERVPRO of Clifton Park Can Provide Your Property With Fire Damage Mitigation Services

Upgrading your Clifton Park business to an office building is a fantastic accomplishment; however, that achievement can make potential fire damage feel crushing. Working hard to get your small business rolling only to lose potential revenue due to a fire is hard. Fortunately, professional remediation services can help you swiftly get your business back on its feet.

Picture a scene where a small blaze in your Clifton Park office building caused a lot of fire damage. You may be imagining soot, scorch marks, and ashes, but that is not the only form of damage that can come from fire. Smoke damage is incredibly dangerous for electronics. Furthermore, your fire suppression system uses a fine powder to smother flames and can leave behind quite the mess.

How Can SERVPRO Help Me?

Here at SERVPRO, we're dedicated to making the remediation as smooth as possible for you. We want you to feel like all of your needs are being met. Besides remediating your property, we can:
    •    Come to your property no matter what time or day that you need us
    •    Help you pack up your computers and other electronics so experts can inspect them
    •    Help you get an insurance claim going with your adjuster

We want to help you feel good about the remediation of your property. Our ultimate goal is to get your office open again as fast as possible.

What Can SERVPRO Techs Do to Remediate My Office Building?

Our technicians use advanced equipment for every job they do. We can:
    •    Use vacuums to remove the suppression powder
    •    Remove soot stains with housemade cleaning agents
    •    Set up technology designed to suppress odors, such as hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers

Our goal is to get your office functional, so your employees can resume their work, and your company can run as it did before.

If your property needs fire damage remediation, do not wait to get help. Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County by phoning (518) 885-2620. No matter the time of day, we're here for you.

My Clifton Living Room Has Been Hit By A Storm – Can It Be Cleaned And Restored?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

living room flooded with floating chair Our crews are available 24/7 to give you back your home.

Clifton Park Homes That are in Need of Storm Cleanup Can Count on the Experts at SERVPRO to Provide Emergency Water Mitigation FAST

New York has over 52,000 miles of river and streams, which makes flooding the primary natural disaster. Seasonal storms bring rain and winds that lead to flooding in Clifton Park. If it happens to your home, our professionals are ready to go.

What items in my living room can you save from complete loss?

Flood damage to a home in Clifton Park is devastating. When it occurs in the living room, it is putting out of commission one of the most used rooms. The living room contents can include electronics, furniture, memorabilia, pictures, and books. The floor is often carpeted. While it might look like all is lost, that is generally not the case.

Scoping Out

The first step is scoping out how bad the flood damage is, and what items are in the room. Flood water is considered black water and can carry all kinds of dirt and debris as it sweeps through your home. This gets handled differently than clean or gray water. If the water intrusion is extensive, the content may get removed off-site to our warehouse cleaning facilities.

Cleaning and Restoring

Water extraction is going to be the main focus before anything can be dried and cleaned. With storm flooding, sanitizing is a primary focus as well. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians have years of experience and specialized training to restore your home to preloss condition. We deal with restoring and repairing the following regularly:

    •    Furniture and upholstery
    •    Carpet and flooring
    •    Drapery
    •    Personal items such as clothing
    •    Books and documents
    •    Artwork
    •    Household goods

Storm flooding leaves a mess in its wake. Our crews are available 24/7 to give you back your home. Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 for expert flood damage service.

After a Bedroom Fire, What Stays and What Goes?

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Overloaded outlet beginning to burn Overloaded outlets are a frequent source of fires. Inspect your outlets often.

SERVPRO Techs Can Clean up and Restore Your Clifton Park Bedroom After Any Amount of Fire Loss   

Bedrooms are a common area of the home for fires to occur and some of the most typical reasons include:  

  • Unattended candles to close to flammable objects
  • Smoking in bed 
  • Extension cords under rugs
  • Overloaded outlets 

When your Clifton Park bedroom has fire loss to clean up, the process must start as soon as possible to limit the potential for soot to spread throughout the home.  

Does My Mattress Have to Get Tossed After a Fire?   

In most fire damage cleanup in Clifton Park bedrooms, the mattress is a loss, even if it has no signs of charring. It can hold copious amounts of soot that produce the pungent smoke odor. If it has a manufacturing date before 2007, the mattress does not meet the current flame-resistant standards, as defined by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). And even with the deep cleaning methods that SERVPRO technicians have access to, returning the mattress to a sanitary state for reuse to sleep upon is unlikely.  

Do All-Purpose Cleaners Work to Clean Smoke Residues?   

In some cases, this type of cleaner might be successful in wiping a residue visibly off a surface, but there may be residual elements left behind. The cleaning of smoke damage in a bedroom after a fire gets handled very carefully by SERVPRO techs:    

  • They test the residues to determine the best cleaning method based on the type of smoke and the surface getting cleaned
  • The techs use specialized equipment for manually lifting away certain types of residues
  • Technicians custom-mix solvent-based cleaning agents as needed to handle hard-to-remove residues 

Homeowners that perform DIY cleanup methods can do more damage than the original smoke damage left behind by the fire by merely wetting down soot residues that look powdery (known as "dry smoke") and driving them deeper into or irreparably staining surfaces. SERVPRO technicians have professional methods that work to lift away this type of loss and save the homeowner the cost of replacement.  

What Items in the Bedroom Will Need Replacing Post-Fire? 

SERVPRO technicians divide the house into two main areas during the fire damage mitigation process in Clifton Park: structure and contents. The structure is the bedroom walls, ceilings, and floors, and contents are everything within it, such as the bed and bedding, furnishings, and other items. Many of those things may be piled on the mattress after a fire and drenched to stop any reigniting from occurring. The technicians sort through them individually to determine which has restoration potential and which are a loss. Nothing gets discarded without approval from either the homeowner or adjuster, but it gets taken off-site, so it does not contribute further to the structure's fire odor. 

Necessary structural cleaning may involve some level of controlled demolition. If the walls and ceiling have charring or absorbed water, they require removal as they cannot get dried or cleaned for reuse. The techs cut off the ruined parts cleanly, so repairs are fast and straightforward. Carpet is another room element that usually requires removal, the amounts of water used to extinguish the fire can soak the subfloor which saves the bedroom from further fire loss, but causes the loss of the carpet and pad.  

Bedroom Furnishings Covered in Soot May Not Be a Loss 

Many considerations determine if furnishings in the bedroom have cleaning potential. Furniture made from pressed wood tends to deteriorate and become a loss after exposure to water or heat. However, bed frames, nightstands, and tables made from solid hardwood may have restoration possibilities through the cleaning methods used by SERVPRO, provided the cleanup of the loss began soon after the fire. Through the use of their professional cleaning agents, the techs can lift off even massive soot deposits. In some cases, the item may require re-staining and sealing.   

What Happens to Clothes in the Closet Exposed to Heavy Smoke? 

Washable items get restored through the use of the Esporta Washing System. The techs load it up, and the things have a food-grade level of cleanliness after a single wash. Items that are dry clean only or can shrink or bleed are not candidates for this restoration method.  

When you need fast and efficient fire damage cleanup for your home and contents, call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County (518) 885-2620. The certified technicians arrive quickly and make the loss to your home, "Like it never even happened."

What Do I Do When a Storm Floods My Clifton Park Home?

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding Bedroom Interior If your home needs flood damage restoration, get help today.

SERVPRO of Clifton Park Can Provide Fast Flood Damage Remediation!

Heavy storms can sometimes cause flood damage to your Clifton Park home. For example, a significant volume of rain could flood the Mohawk River and bring water to your door. A fallen tree could break a window and allow rain to trickle into your home. However, no matter how the water gets into your home, it's essential to call for help as soon as possible. Leaving flood damage to its own devices can only cause further problems for your home.

Picture coming home to your Clifton Park apartment and finding flood damage. A large puddle of water has collected in your living room and left your carpet sopping wet. The source of the water is your window, forced open by the extreme winds of the storm. Getting help from a professional company, such as SERVPRO, can help ensure your apartment receives the support it needs as soon as possible, and avoid further damages.

Does My Carpet Have to Be Removed? Can You Remediate It?

There are only a few cases where carpets have to be removed, and they usually involve black water. Seeing as the flood water in your apartment came directly from the sky, you shouldn't have to worry about that. To remediate your carpet we can:
• Use wet/dry vacuums to clean up as much water as possible from your living room
• Remove any debris from the area and clean your carpet
• Dry it with rover mounted extractors

Here at SERVPRO, we know how to mitigate damage in your home.

What About My Furniture?

Like your carpet, there are a few instances where we have to dispose of furniture completely. SERVPRO always tries to save your belongings so that we can help you lower expenses. For your furniture we can:
• Use extractors to pull water from fabric
• Send delicate belongings to our facility to be carefully cleaned and dried
• Set up drying equipment for wooden furniture

Our techs know how to help you when you need it.

If your home needs flood damage restoration, get help today. Communicate with SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County by dialing (518) 885-2620. We're always here for you.